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The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time

Updated June 25, 2020 60.3k votes 6.0k voters 108.8k views150 items

List RulesPlease only rank the players based on their time with the Cubs

This is a list of the greatest Chicago Cubs ever, whether top Cubs pitchers or top hitters. The North Siders. The Lovable Losers. The Cubbies. No matter how you know them, the Chicago Cubs are one of the most beloved franchises in Major League Baseball. One of the oldest sports franchises in American sporting history, the Cubs have an illustrious history despite not having won a World Series title since 1908, a streak that's unmatched. What makes this streak even more baffling is the long line of great players that have donned the Cubs blue and white. Some of the greatest players in baseball played for the Cubs including a slew of Rookies of the Year, a handful of Cy Young Award Winners, MVPs and Hall of Famers.

One of the best Chicago Cubs in history is shortstop Ernie Banks. The first Black player in Cubs history, Banks is revered by Cubs fans despite the two-time MVP never played in a postseason game. There's a statue of Banks outside of Wrigley Field honoring his contributions on and off the field. 

Many of the Cub players you'll see on this list are from the franchise's early years. Hack Wilson holds one of baseball's greatest records: RBIs in a single season. In 1930, Wilson drove in a mindboggling 191 runs along with bashing 56 home runs. Though Sammy Sosa later broke his record for home runs, Wilson's accomplishments land him on this list of the Greatest Chicago Cubs of All Time.

Billy Williams, Ron Santo and Greg Maddux are also on this list. If you see a Cubs great missing on this list, feel free to add him to this rosters. Vote and rerank the Cubs players who you think are the greatest in this storied franchise's history.

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  • Ernie Banks1
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    Ernie Banks

    First baseman, Shortstop

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas, United States of America

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    #87 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#6 of 132 The Greatest Shortstops of All Time

  • Ryne Sandberg2
    1,813
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    Ryne Sandberg

    Second baseman

    BirthplaceSpokane, Washington, United States of America

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    #44 of 56 Athletes Who Won MVP Before Turning 25#32 of 32 The Most Impressive Home Run Derby Performances Of All Time

  • Billy Williams3
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    Billy Williams

    Outfielder, Left fielder

    BirthplaceWhistler, Alabama

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    #112 of 142 The Greatest Left-Fielders of All Time#18 of 26 The Best Athletes Who Wore #26

  • Greg Maddux4
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    BirthplaceSan Angelo, Texas, United States of America

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    #20 of 25 Longest Pitching Streaks in Baseball #2 of 106 The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time

  • Ferguson Jenkins5
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    Ferguson Jenkins

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceChatham-Kent, Canada

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    #71 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame#33 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

  • Ron Santo6
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    Ron Santo

    Third baseman

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

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    #16 of 120 The Greatest Third Basemen of All Time#33 of 80 The Best Baseball Announcers of All Time

  • Andre Dawson7
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    Andre Dawson

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida, United States of America

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    #31 of 174 The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time#36 of 142 The Greatest Right-Fielders of All Time

  • Anthony Rizzo8
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    Anthony Rizzo

    First baseman

    BirthplaceParkland, Florida

  • Hack Wilson9
    876
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    Hack Wilson

    Outfielder, Center fielder

    BirthplaceEllwood City, Pennsylvania

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    #13 of 30 Every MLB Player To Hit 50 Home Runs In A Season#22 of 39 39 Famous Athletes Who Are Alcoholics

  • Mark Grace10
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    Mark Grace

    First baseman

    BirthplaceWinston-Salem, North Carolina

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    #17 of 150 The Greatest First Basemen of All Time#9 of 55 The Greatest Arizona Diamondbacks of All Time

  • Bruce Sutter11
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    BirthplaceLancaster, Pennsylvania

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    #14 of 134 The Greatest St. Louis Cardinals of All Time#18 of 31 The Best Current MLB Closers

  • Rogers Hornsby12
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    Rogers Hornsby

    Manager, Second baseman

    BirthplaceWinters, Texas, United States of America

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    #1242 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#1 of 148 The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time

  • Lee Smith13
    725
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    Lee Smith

    Relief pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceJamestown, Louisiana

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    #9 of 219 The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time#9 of 100 The Best Closers in Baseball History

  • Grover Cleveland Alexander14

    BirthplaceElba, Nebraska

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    #9 of 111 The Best Philadelphia Phillies Of All Time#47 of 52 Famous People With Epilepsy

  • Mordecai Brown15
    645
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    BirthplaceNyesville, Indiana

  • Gabby Hartnett16
    521
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    BirthplaceWoonsocket, Rhode Island

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    #16 of 149 The Greatest Catchers of All Time#10 of 60 The Best Chicago Cubs Managers of All Time

  • Sammy Sosa17
    1,397
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    Sammy Sosa

    Right fielder

    BirthplaceSan Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic

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    #391 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time#47 of 69 Celebrities with the Weirdest Middle Names

  • Cap Anson18
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    Cap Anson

    First baseman

    BirthplaceMarshalltown, Iowa

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    #143 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes#12 of 14 Rare, Valuable Baseball Cards From History

  • Rick Sutcliffe19
    598
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    Rick Sutcliffe

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceIndependence, Missouri

  • Kerry Wood20
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    Kerry Wood

    Relief pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceIrving, Texas

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  • Javier Báez21
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    Javier Báez

    Shortstop, Second baseman

    BirthplaceBayamón, Puerto Rico

  • Jake Arrieta22
    680
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    BirthplaceFarmington, Missouri, United States of America

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    #26 of 32 The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History#21 of 34 The Most Overpaid Professional Athletes Right Now

  • Jon Lester23
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    Jon Lester

    Pitcher

    BirthplaceTacoma, Washington

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    #36 of 146 The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time#87 of 273 The Top Current Baseball Players

  • Bill Madlock24
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    Bill Madlock

    Third baseman

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

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    #314 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History#45 of 511 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame

  • Frank Chance25
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    Frank Chance

    Manager, First baseman

    BirthplaceSalida, California

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    #13 of 48 The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time#24 of 72 Famous People Buried at Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery